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a systemic failure. president obama demands answers into how an alleged al qaeda bomber slipped through the cracks. >> there were bits of information available within the intelligence community that could have and should have been pieced together. privacy versus security. the new debate over high tech airport screening methods. a christmas miracle. a colorado woman's heart stops during child birth and then comes back to life along with her baby. >> i got a second chance at life. >> it's an absolute miracle. >> this is the "cbs morning news" for wednesday, december
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30th, 2009. good morning. thanks for joining us. i'm michelle gielan. this morning there's a growing list of mistakes that allowed a nigerian man with explosives to board delta northwest flight 253 on christmas day. president obama called it a systemic failure and now we learned that the cia was aware of the alleged bomber months ago. we go to washington for detail. tara, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. president obama wants to know why exactly the system failed. investigators are now pouring over the data trying to get the answer. months before the botched chr christmas day bombing, they knew al qaeda members were launching a plan. as early as august the cia found out they were preparing a nigerian for an attack. that turned out to be umar farouk abdulmutallab and even
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though his father warned officials about those ties, authorities didn't make connections until after the bombing attempt. >> there were bits of information that should have been pieced together. >> reporter: on tuesday president obama called out officials for missing key warning signs that could have prevented the attack. >> we need to learn from this episode and act quickly to fix the flaw in our system because security is at stake and lives at stake. >> reporter: the president ordered a sweeping review. preliminary result are expected tomorrow. >> a systemic failure has occurred and i consider that unacceptable. >> reporter: the reports could lead to a major revamp of security measures nationwide. authorities have made improvements since 9/11 but they have a long way to go. >> we must get better at collecting these bits of information, putting them together at a central point, analyzing them and then acting.
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>> reporter: it will be weeks before officials complete their investigation but it may take much longer for them to figure out who may have helped with this latest plot and what other threats are out there. and the president is also pointing out what went right on flight 253 including the passengers response and the immediate upgrade in aviation security. >> there are reports that the white house is considering military action in response. what can you tell us about that? >> reporter: that's right. those are unconfirmed reports. what we understand the u.s. and yemen are looking at fresh al qaeda targets in yemen and the reason is in case the president orders a possible retaliatory attack, the military will have to be ready. michelle? >> tara, thank you. as airports and airlines work on their response to the latest terror threat, a new york state legislator wants to help them by making profiling legal
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allowing forces to narrow down potential suspects. >> they fit a certain profile. it's not my fault. don't blame me. the fact is they are young muslim men of middle eastern or south asian background. >> the suspect is from africa and had a current visa allowing him to visit the united states. opponents of the profiling say it would do more harm than good including creating a false sense of security. in eight years since the 9/11 attacks, the u.s. spend $40 billion on anti-terror measures. the attempted bombing of flight 253 shows all that money that was spent still has not brought piece of mind. >> reporter: when farouk abdulmutallab attempted to create a mid air explosion, it's a fear that they have had since 9/11.
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>> the biggest potential vulnerability is a bomb on the body. >> reporter: eliminating that vulnerability has been a problem. eight years since richard reid tried to ignite his schools and five years since the 9/11 commission said the tsa and congress must give priority detention to detecting explosives on passengers no clear solution has emerge. for example, when passengers remove their shoes, the x-ray can detect alteration in the shoe but not chemicals. when most passengers go through a domestic machine, does that detect explosives? >> no. just metal. >> reporter: they thought the solution was puffer machines but $30 million later, one problem. >> what we found is machines were constantly clogging and were out of service and that actually end up in worst case than not having them at all. >> reporter: former tsa
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administrator and other officials say the next best choice is full body imaging machines. they don't detect chemicals either but could have found the package that abdulmutallab sewed into his underwear. >> it will come out and officers can fall for further follow-up. >> reporter: the system has plenty of other ways to find bombs. dogs are used now more than ever before and when passengers are sent to secondary screening where your bags are swabbed those machines detect bomb making materials. officials insist had abdulmutallab been flagged in any threat he would have gone to secondary screening and been caught. police in iraq say two suicide bombers attack the main government office in ramadi this morning. the bomber struck back to back in the city 70 miles west of baghdad killing at least 18 people. at least 40 others were wounded including the governor of anbar
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province. a report says iran is close to bringing in 1,300 tons of uranium. iran faces a friday deadline on a proposal from the u.s. and the allies aimed at making sure iran produces nuclear power and not nuclear weapons. iran's government is lashing out at opponents after sunday's massive protests that left at least eight people dead. more than a dozen opposition figures have been arrested and a spokesman for iran's supreme leader suggested on tuesday they should be executed. iran's government is also criticizing the u.s. and britain for supporting opposition forces. america's stockpile of classified information is due to get a lot smaller under a new presidential order. president obama is telling all federal agencies to open up the flow of information and start declassifying older documents faster. under the order more than 400 million pages of secret papers could become public in the next
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few years. just ahead on the morning news, a possible renewed fight in the custody battle over sean goldman. a miracle birth. a mother and baby are revived after all hope seemed lost. first, harry smith has a preview of tonight's "cbs evening news." the most talked about moments of 2009. the highs and lows and surprises and controversies. a special look back tonight on the "cbs evening news." the one thing about smoking - is it dominates your life, and it dominated mine. i honestly loved smoking, and i honestly didn't think i would ever quit. it was very interesting that you could smoke on the first week. (announcer) chantix is a non-nicotine pill. in studies, 44% of chantix users were quit during weeks 9 to 12 of treatment, compared to 18% on sugar pill. it is proven to reduce the urge to smoke.
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over him may not be finished. the 9-year-old boy is with his father at their home in new jersey. sean lived in brazil for the last five years. his brazilian family has gone back to court perhaps to continue the legal fight. david goldman says his son is happy and "he just wants to have fun." on "cbs moneywatch," shares finish lower and emily smith is here with more on that. >> most asian markets fell today. that follows yesterday's lackluster day on wall street. stocks snapped a six-day winning streak. dow dipped two points. nasdaq slipped nearly three. gmac is close to getting another shot in the arm from government stimulus money. the announcement that the financial services company will get a $3.5 billion in government aid is expected this week. that's according to "the wall street journal." the money on top of the $12.5 billion already received since december of '08 will go to absorb losses related to gmac's
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mortgage operation. meanwhile, general motors is offering deep discounts on remaining saturn and pontiac vehicles. in some cases the sticker price may be slashed in half. the steep discounts come as gm phases out the pontiac and saturn brands. time warner cable subscribers may see black when they turn on fox. they are in heated negotiations with fox. if there's no agreement, cable customers as soon as friday could be in the black. the winner is in an annual survey on customer satisfaction with online shopping, gets the highest score in the report's history. the websites of macy's, sony, the gap, home shopping network and had biggest increases in satisfaction year over year. among 40 companies rated neiman marcus and circuit city in a tie for last.
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need a new year's resolution? about how using their vacation time. the survey found 66% of respondents missed out on vacation time while 34% took every day they were owed. michelle? >> let's be in the 34%. >> let's be. >> emily smith here in new york. thanks. emily, you'll like this. some call it a christmas miracle. a colorado mother and her newborn baby boy were brought back to life on christmas eve tracy went into labor but then things started to go wrong. >> i guess i went into cardiac arrest and i really don't know what happened after that. >> she was dead. she had no heartbeat. no breathing. >> i sat there with my wife's hand in mine. ice cold. she was completely and totally blue. >> the doctor performed a cesarean section and after delivery tracy's pulse return
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and then they started to revive the baby. >> we got him started right in my hands. that is an amazing feeling. >> i got a second chance at life. >> it's an absolute miracle. >> happily to report the family is now back home in colorado springs and everyone is doing well. straight ahead, your wednesday morning weather and in sports, a bowl game surprise featuring nationally ranked college football teams. if you've taken your sleep aid and you're still fighting to sleep in the middle of the night, why would you go one more round using it ? you don't need a rematch-- but a re-think-- with lunesta. lunesta is different. it keys into receptors that support sleep, setting your sleep process in motion. lunesta helps you get the restful sleep you need. when taking lunesta, don't drive or operate machinery until you feel fully awake. walking, eating, driving or engaging in other activities while asleep without remembering it the next day
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here's a look at the weather in some cities around the country. new york, partly cloudy, 31. miami, 72 degrees. chicago, 26. denver, 34. los angeles scattered showers at 62. time now for a check on the national forecast. the latest satellite picture shows the east coast is clear while the rest of the country is waking to cloudy skies. later today showers will be developing across portions of the southwest. rain can be expected around the lower mississippi valley. light snow will dust the midwest and the east coast will be dry with yesterday's fierce winds dying down. in sports, an upset win for a big ten football team in the champ sports ball. wisconsin's john clay had 121 yards rushing and two touchdowns against miami. the 24th ranked badgers beat the number 14th hurricanes 20-14.
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ucla returned a fourth quarter interception to help ruin temple university's first bowl game in 30 years. in the eagle bank bowl the bruins held on to beat the owls 30-21. in the nba, the lakers kobe bryant had a season high 44 points against golden state. that is bryant's seventh game with 40 points or more this season. he has the third most 40-point games in nba history. the final, lakers 124-118 over the warriors. new york's david lee had a season high 30 points against detroit in a 104-87 knicks victory. when we return, we'll take another look at this morning's top stories and see through screening. the controversy over full body imaging machines. (announcer) if you want directions to the stadium, push here.
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on "cbs morning news," here's a look at today's weather. it will be gray and wet around the lower mississippi valley. light snow will dust the midwest. it won't be nearly as windy or cold in the east and the west may see some rain. here's another look at this morning's top stories. at least 18 people were killed in the iraqi city of ramadi this morning in two suicide bombings aimed at the city's government offices. the governor of anbar, an important province, was wounded. president obama now blames what he called a systemic failure for the attempted bombing of delta northwest flight 253. a security review is supposed to be finished tomorrow. meantime, some say full body imaging machines may have detected the bombing suspect. in the u.s. we'll see more machines soon. 150 will be installed next year in airports around the country. of course they don't come without controversy.
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>> reporter: the future of airport security may be getting clearer. a lot clearer. experts are renewing the call for body scanners. more revealing and potentially invasive. >> if you want to keep devices off airplanes, we as a society have to give up certain of our rights and i personally believe that it's a fair tradeoff. >> reporter: there are two kinds of body scanners. in 19 airports the tsa currently uses millimeter wave technology and there are radio waves that create a three dimensional picture. less invasive say privacy experts are back scatter machines that use a low level x-ray to scan one side of a person's body in eight seconds. >> is it perfect? no. it's not perfect but the improvement is vast compared to screenings done now. >> reporter: as a test i'm carrying about three ounces of fake explosives hidden somewhere on me. that's the same amount of
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explosive material that abdulmutallab smuggled on the plane. the machine that cost $100,000 picked up the small plastic bag tucked in my waistband. my face comes up like this and even so privacy experts worry that if@misused, it could become a high tech peep show. >> there's real risk here because the machines are designed and are capable of taking detailed naked images. >> reporter: the same technology can be used to scan luggage to spot hidden objects. this shows a direct comparison between the current tsa bag screener and the back scatter machine which picks out a gun hidden behind some items. it may seem intrusive but a recent tsa study found that more people prefer a body scan to a pat down. some 1500 sea lions have all
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good morning. i'm jessica kartalija. don is off. our top stories are next, but let's go to first warning weather with marty. are you all right? i need to take a sick day off and scheduling makes it impossible. let's take a look at the dayplanner. itwilll be a sunny day. it is 19 degrees right now. a high temperature in the upper
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30s. the mid-30s this evening. once again, clear and cold, but not windy. that is a beautiful thing. thank you. in the news this morning, back to court. nearly half the jury pool in mayor sheila dixon's theft trial are being called to testify. and training safety and relatively new machines at the airport could prevent terrorist attacks, so why are so many opposed to going through it? and some big losses for some of tiger woods' sponsors. afe news and weather and ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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